How to Wear a Suit, 7 Basics Steps and Tips


It can be hard, in our moment of Zoom and work-from-home, and also our era of business casual and eroding dress codes, to define how to wear a suit.

Paradoxically, that also makes this moment a better one than ever to snag one. You’ve probably got two or four or ten weddings coming up. And you’re almost definitely sick of wearing soft clothes. And you probably have the sneaking suspicion that suits are somehow cool again.

The Basics of How to Wear a Suit

Cufflinks and ties

Your belt should be relatively thin and also the same color as your shoes.

Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.

Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie.

If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.

Always unbutton your suit before sitting down or you risk ruining it.

Always remove the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit.

Never remove the stitching of the jacket pockets and never use your pockets, they can easily be stretched out, warping the entire suit.



The Finer Points of Wearing a Suit

The width of your tie should match the width of your lapel.

Your tie should just reach the waistband of your trousers or the top of your belt buckle.

Your suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants’ zipper and butt.

The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) jacket should fall at or above your navel.

Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.

Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down.

A good tailor can work wonders on a suit that you love but know it won’t fit or feel like it did before.

Style-Savvy Tips for Wearing a Suit

A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

In general, thin lapels are more modern, whereas wide lapels are more old-school (read: dated).

Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral or other equally conservative event.

For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.

When you go without a tie, it’s best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side.

Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable.

Avoid over-accessorizing. If you’re already wearing a pocket square and a tie bar, you’ll want to reconsider that clever lapel pin.


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Source: The Manual,GQ


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